Self and the Everywoman, new Trustman exhibit
If you haven't yet seen the exhibit Self and the Everywoman; Mixed Media Works by Claudia DeMonte in the Trustman Art Gallery, make sure to stop by the 4th floor of the MCB as soon as you have a free moment. The exhibit shows off Claudia's eclectic art style spanning three decades of her life. Claudia uses her self image in her work to portray the every woman and her role in society. Her work extends into various media, including photography, acrylic on canvas, pewter and wood, velvet paper cut-outs, painted gator board, and cast bronze.
Claudia said the way her looks were perceived by others affected her work. She went from apparently not looking the right way when she was young to being asked to model at the age of 21.
"My very early work was focused on how what you look like affects how people treat you, because I went from looking wrong to looking right. I was still the same person, and what did that mean?... Then [as I got older] my work started to become more universal. Less about me and more about women in general."
Director of the Trustman Art Gallery Michele Cohen, said this year she has been biased towards women and the gallery has featured work from all women artists.
"A lot of the shows here deal with themes that Simmons students are interested in, and that was one of the reasons why I wanted to bring Claudia to Simmons. Her work touches on the role of women in society, and she is interested in global issues. I think that this is particularly important for an all women's [undergraduate] college."
Visit the Trustman Art Gallery website for more information, or stop by the 4th floor of the MCB before March 18 to see Claudia's show anytime Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Also, read up on some of the past shows the gallery has had, like East Meets West by Phyllis Berman, Time/Line by Anne Krinsky, and Pattern and Repetition, a four-person exhibition of painting, sculpture and mixed media works.